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Fall Fun ~ MN Family Photographer

It’s no surprise that fall is the most popular time for family photographs. Of course that also means it’s the busiest season for family and child photographers! We Minnesotans really love our seasons, and fall is especially beautiful here. I think it’s Mother Nature’s way of giving us a big reason for us to love her, before she plummets us into the arctic season.

Every fall is also when I typically get buried in work, and my poor blog gets neglected! I’m *slightly* better at posting a few peeks on the 3 Peas Facebook page, or some behind the scenes peeks on Instagram.

But alas- I just had to take the time to share some images from this session from September- as I just LOVE it so!! This was a new location for us this year, I’m always on the search for great places for family photos, and since many parks require permits for photographers (rightfully so!) it’s always exciting when I find a place where it’s worth every penny!  I’m excited for more sessions there next year as it’s sure to be beautiful year round, and it’s conveniently located in the west metro- just like us!

Okay- onto the adorable portraits of this gorgeous family. I swear these boys just get cuter every time I see them! You may especially recognize the wee one, as he’s been in the studio several times this year for his milestone portraits, but this time it was time for the yearly family photos. Big brother might look familiar as well, as I use his 2yr session a lot in my promo pieces, as it was such a fantastic session as well! He always knows how to bring on the charm, and his parents are so easy to photograph as they are great at just being in the moment and letting the awesomeness unwind authentically.:)


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Thanks M family for another amazing session! ~Amy

Chicago Beauties ~ MN Family Photographer

This gorgeous crew of kids was the first session of my recent trip to Chicago. It’s become a summer tradition to spend a few days in Chicago each summer, photographing old clients and meeting a few new ones! This was the first time I’d photographed this beautiful family- and they made my job easy! We met for our sessions at a nearby park in their area that I’ve become very fond of for my Chicago sessions. It’s so pretty and as long as you can avoid all the bike riders enjoying the trails, it’s a lovely quiet area with gorgeous flowers.

This year my trip was plagued with some less than stellar weather. We were dealing with some pretty serious rainstorms for several days, forcing quite a few clients to have to wait until next year (boo!) This family was lucky- as the first night I was there the weather was honestly perfection. Warm, lovely light and not the heat I seem to normally bring with me each year! (one year it was over 100*) It truly the best kind of late summer evening. After the main portion of our session, we headed to a nearby playground to let the kids romp and play- I love capturing a few candid photos at the park. Kids inner joy just seeps from their pores when they are swinging, and climbing and sliding…..

Okay- on to the photos! First up, the four kids!

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The whole adorable family!

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I love these images of father and son and mother and daughters…

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One of my personal favorites from our time at the park… it just makes me think of childhood summers, eeking out every bit of freedom and playing at parks while you can… before school starts again for the year…


Thank you S family for having me photograph you this year! ~ Amy

Fall Signature Sessions ~ Edina Family Photographer

I can tell by the sheer number of “back to school” flyers and catalogs coming daily in my mailbox, that fall really is just around the corner! Fall is of course the most popular time for our studio, as it’s long been a favorite time of year for family portrait sessions. There’s just something extra cozy about photographing families in the fall! If you’re interested in booking a fall portrait session for your family, be sure to schedule soon, as dates are filling up fast! My August newsletter went out this morning- which typically means a call to action to my clients to get on our calendar!

This family have been 3 Peas clients since their oldest was just a wee little lad. I always look forward to our sessions every year, as I know the boys will be SO much fun, as they always bring such great energy, while still being their sweet selves. Plus, being a veteran of photo sessions, their mom always does such a great job of coordinating outfits for their family. I always say it’s much harder to do when you have only boys! She nails it every year. When I pulled up to their house last fall for this session, I loved the vibe instantly. Warm yet bright, and very much in sync with their personalities. If you’ve been to my studio, you surely recognize these boys from our session a few years ago, as I have their scooter riding photograph large up on my wall, as it’s an all time favorite. It’s really an honor to photograph families year after year, and it’s something I treasure, that I get to be part of their family legacy…in the photos I provide them.

We held their session right in their front yard, and a little bit just tromping around their neighborhood sidewalks. People often think they need elaborate landscaping to have a session at their home, but you really don’t. While this family does happen to have a fantastic yard and home, the feel of the session lends itself to both being more personal, but still classic at the same time. As it’s not really about the location, it’s about the family, their connections, and their spirits.

Signature sessions really give us time to romp and play, giving kids lots freedom to move and play. It really provides us with such great ability to have natural photographs. They can just kick back, relax, have fun with each other, and trust that the images resulting from our time together will be awesome! A few of my faves from our session:

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Tre Cavil - Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:24 am

Great looking family! I like their color scheme choice.

Sweet Baby Cameron ~ MN Newborn Photographer

This adorable couple brought in their equally adorable new baby boy for his very first portraits! Newborn photography is something I really love, as it’s a nice switch especially in the summertime when I’m doing most of my photo sessions outside. While the main motivation for having a natural light studio was to have a place to work in the colder months, it’s actually become just as busy IN the studio as out this time of year! When five years ago I first ventured into having a studio, I really didn’t predict how popular studio newborn sessions would become. Having been entirely on location before, I just assumed that most clients would continue to prefer in-home sessions. The ease of not having to go anywhere with the new baby, etc… but what I’ve found, is that new parents actually find it LESS stressful to come to the studio! I’m sure my vast supply of newborn props is a draw also, but when chatting with new parents, they love that they don’t have to pick up/clean before the session, and can just come, chill at the studio, and not worry about a thing. While I do still on occasion so in-home newborn sessions, it’s become the exception rather than the norm. And I personally happen to love that I can offer both. Clients can choose if they want the more casual lifestyle, photojournalistic feel of a home session, OR they can come in to the studio for a more traditional yet modern style, newborn session. I purposely designed my studio with a clean, modern and contemporary look and feel. White walls, wood floors, a whole wall of amazing windows to shower us with light. It’s really something I didn’t predict I would love as much as I do, just as my clients seem to as well.

Okay- enough babbling- onto the super cute newborn photos!

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This gorgeous gray blanket was made with love for him…I love when clients bring in personal items we can include.

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I LOVE macro baby photos…and love that they chose these for their collage…

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Tre Cavil - Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:26 am

Beautiful photography! Absolutely love the 1st and 3rd portraits!

Teddy-licious ~ Twin Cities MN Baby Photographer

Okay seriously…..there’s something insanely adorable about six to seven month old babies. I personally think it’s when they are at their peak of “omg I want to kiss that baby!” stage. As they can sit up, they laugh all the time, and they can’t crawl away from you yet! It’s surely why companies like Gerber and Pampers so often use this stage in their advertising/marketing. It’s just such a swoonable stage! This little man was the perfect example of how insanely cute babies are at this stage of life!
We did Teddy’s milestone session at the studio, as it enabled us to do both indoor studio portraits, as well as photograph outdoors as well! One of my favorite things about my studio space, is that I have amazing natural light inside, and some great little options outside the studio as well in our side yard. It’s an easy way to have that variety, all in one spot! Most clients don’t even realize we have a side yard (probably because it’s “kid-sized” (i.e. tiny) but it’s small size is a bonus as times as it’s a natural containment for kids!:)

We started our session inside the studio- where his mom pulled out some swanky outfits. I about died. SO cute.

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Is he not one dapper little dude?!

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Boys always end up with the best eyelashes- why is that? Seems so unfair…

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Then we headed outside! Babies in overalls….probably my favorite classic look of all time. I always always love it.

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I just LOVE how expressive babies are at this age- in a matter of 2min I can photograph so many different faces!

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Teddy also has a crazy cute sister, who is the sweetest thing, and I can’t leave her out of the blog post!
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The adorable twosome!

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Thanks A family for another fantastic session! I can’t wait to see how much he’s grown at his 1yr portrait session! ~Amy

Vanessa Estensguardo - Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Super cute!

Tre Cavil - Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:27 am

OMG! Super adorable kids. LOVE the photos with the hats!!!!!!!!!

[…] More blog catch up! You may recognize this adorable family as they’ve graced the blog a few times, as little man is part of our watch-me-grow baby plan so we get to see them every few months! I love baby plan clients as it’s so much fun to see how much the little ones change between each stage. From newborn sleepy sweetness, to that adorable sitting stage, to busy crawlers, and then the full on standing/walking (and in some cases running). It’s pretty amazing the developmental changes that happen in the very first year. For a walk down memory lane- you can see his newborn session here, and his six month session here. […]

Super Heroes ~ Minneapolis MN Family Photographer

Oh how I LOVE LOVE LOVE this session!! I’ve been photographing this family since little man was still in his momma’s belly- making this our 7th session together! I always look forward to our sessions every year, as not only are the kids sweet as pie, their mom and dad know how to just chill and be themselves at our sessions. People often ask me “how do you get such natural family photos?” well- of course part of it is my skilled direction (ha-ha) and the fact that I make them play games and do fun stuff,  but a big part of it, is I honestly get the BEST families. Who want their real personalities to shine, so all they really have to do is be their natural, loving selves! This family has that down pat. They make my job easy, as they know how to just let go, have fun, trust that I will make them look great.

What a GORGEOUS night we had out at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. It’s one of my favorite places to do family sessions, as it gives us so much space to explore and play and relax. I’ve had a photographers permit there for years, and it never lets me down, as it’s just gorgeous year round! With little kids especially, giving them room to stretch their legs helps keep them fresh and cooperative when I reel them back in  for more time in front of the camera. It also gives me amazing backgrounds for both the candid images of them exploring, and the more planned portraits. Plus, with how huge it is, I can come out there year after year, and always find new spots for my repeat clients.

A little Ring-Around-The-Rosie

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Oh how I adore this one….

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Quite possibly one of my favorite father/son images of all time. This was all them- which I think is why I love it so much,

as this is something they do together all the time, and that makes it feel so authentic and genuine.
Sometimes super heroes need some help to fly… 

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The Gorgeous Girl, in a more serious moment. Oh how I love her eyes. And how cute is her braid?

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Over the years he’s really come out of his shell with me, and it makes me feel all warm & happy when he flashes me his amazing smile.

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A tradition- I’ve been photographing them with these bears since they were teeny-tiny babies. It’s been SO much fun to do a photo with them each year, to show how much they are growing in comparison to their favorite teddy bears! And those bears look a little more well loved each year, it’s going to be fun to see what shape they are in for photos when the kids are teenagers!:)

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Thanks S family for another amazing year! <3 ~Amy

Tre Cavil - Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:29 am

Oh wow! So adorable! Such a creative concept!

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